Mississauga, Ontario — February 17, 2016 — Acclaimed custom-car builder and painter Darryl Hollenbeck has won the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) with his PPG-painted 1932 Ford highboy roadster. The event was held at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. This marks the third time Hollenbeck has painted an AMBR winner and the first time he captured the prize with his own car.
This year a field of thirteen outstanding cars—built by the elites of the custom-car world—competed for the prestigious award. In the end, the judges named Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck’s classically styled roadster the winner, giving Hollenbeck another honour to add to his long list of accomplishments including AMBR wins in 2013 and 2005.
Hollenbeck and his colleagues Dan Webb and Cory Taulbert built the car at Vintage Color Studio, the custom shop Hollenbeck owns and operates in Concord, California, and where he has been using PPG products exclusively for more than 25 years. Hollenbeck then painted the car himself. He came up with the roadster’s unique colour, dubbed “Rotten Avocado Green,” applying a custom mix created with the PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint system along with Single-Stage DCC9300 from the Deltron refinish system.
“Winning an AMBR is a dream; to win it with my own car, wow, I’m over the moon about that,” said Hollenbeck. “As for the colour, it is different. My wife wanted brown, I wanted green. Depending on the light, you see one colour or the other—or both. The great thing was that the PPG paint was easy to work with. It gave us the chance to experiment, to really stretch our imaginations and come up with something cool.”
Hollenbeck is prominent among Northern California’s custom car set. His well-respected eye for colour has led to his paint jobs being highlighted on vehicles that have graced the covers and photo spreads of notable publications including Street Rodder and Rodder’s Journal. Several Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show winners have also displayed Hollenbeck’s painting skills.
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